Monday, June 15, 2009

Pressing forward

So that was a whole lot of posts about Anime North. A long time was clearly spent on that. And why, some of you might ask, would a travel blog spend so much time on it? There are a number of reasons:

1. I like to highlight things in Toronto (mind you, this meant skipping most of Luminato, which is happening right now, or rather just ended yesterday. The highlight of which was failing to break the guitar world record. Google it.

2. I have been thinking of a number of festivals I'd like to travel and see. There are a number of Music Festivals in Europe that I'm going to look into, and film festivals. (It just so happens that June 26th, I will be in Edinburgh for their film festival, where I will watch Romeo and Juliet v.s. Zombies.)

3. It was, indeed, filler. For those of you that have been following my twitter (@tokyomike3) you will realize that I have been trapped in the June joys of getting final marks ready, and marking exams. This is no easy task. Picture - if you will - six classes (mind you, I only have five that had exams) with about 25 - 30 students each. Each student writes their exam, which in English is essay based. Each exam takes a good 20 minutes to an hour to mark (some classes are shorter than others.) You do the math.

But, fear not - that is behind us... And I am almost finished with my exam marking. In another week that will be complete. Also - in another week, I fly off to Edinburgh, where (provided I can pick up a wifi signal somewhere) there will me more live updates of my journey on the road.

I will be in Scotland from June 25 - July 8. If anyone has any suggestions, favourite restaurants, things to do, etc. around Edinburgh, by all means - please let me know!


  1. Ah, Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities that I've ever been to.

    A stroll in the old town along the Royal Mile and Cowgate is a must. And, I'd walk around the new city too.

    On Cockburn St, there was a great bookstore that I really enjoyed looking around. It's on the north side of the street in between the two bends of the road.

    Tron Kirk or is it Kirk Tron is an interesting place. It's a church that has become an indoors archaeological site. It's on the Royal Mile.

    Definitely climb up and down the Arthur's Peak.

    The orchestra at the orchestra building just south of the Castle was fantastic. What a stunning building too!

    The best and the cheapest (free) bathroom in town is in the centrally located Museum of Art. Take advantage of it, if you can.

    Enjoy your trip!

  2. That tip about the free bathrooms certainly is a great one! I learned very quick, when I was in London, where the free bathrooms were. Most often they were McDonalds, but there were some outside of a few underground stations too, when McDonalds was nowhere to be found.


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